Olive C. Davies

oliviacdavies_inmotion1Olivia C Davies is an inde­pen­dent dance artist and chore­o­g­ra­ph­er whose work inves­ti­gates the body’s dynam­ic abil­i­ty to trans­mit nar­ra­tive. Her chore­og­ra­phy explores shared his­to­ry, per­son­al lega­cy, and blood mem­o­ry; aspir­ing to speak to the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty of the human expe­ri­ence. Davies hon­ours her mixed Welsh-Metis-Anish­nawbe her­itage in her Con­tem­po­rary Abo­rig­i­nal dance-the­atre practice. 


Tai Grauman

wolverineTai Grau­man is a Métis Iro­quois and Métis Cree actress, accom­plished dancer, clas­si­cal gui­tarist, direc­tor and play­wright, orig­i­nal­ly from Ardrossan Alber­ta. She is cur­rent­ly in the BFA Act­ing Con­ser­va­to­ry Pro­gram at UBC and is pur­su­ing a dou­ble major in First Nations Stud­ies. Tai is also play­wright in res­i­dence for the UBC Play­ers as well as part of the Gate­way Con­ser­va­to­ry Pro­gram. She was nom­i­nat­ed for Van­cou­ver’s May­or’s Emerg­ing The­atre Artist of 2015 by Mar­go Kane. In the future she hopes to pur­sue a mas­ter in direct­ing and then a PhD in Métis theatre.

Taran Kootenhayoo

taranTaran Kooten­hay­oo is a dene­su­line half-breed; emerg­ing actor, spo­ken-word poet and play­wright. His play Poets Have No Strength pre­miered at Tom Cone: Sacred Space Fes­ti­val of New Plays and Chiliwack’s Director’s Fes­ti­val. On stage, Taran has most recent­ly per­formed in Salmon Girl (Raven Spir­it Dance), Beneath the Sur­face (imagi’Nation Pro­duc­tions), The Good Per­son of Set­zuan (Exit 22), and numer­ous inde­pen­dent films. Since grad­u­at­ing from the Act­ing for Stage and Screen pro­gram at Capi­lano Uni­ver­si­ty, Taran has signed with Pre­miere Tal­ent Man­age­ment.

Jeanette Kotowich


Jeanette Kotowich  is a Van­cou­ver based pro­fes­sion­al con­tem­po­rary Abo­rig­i­nal dance and per­form­ing artist. She holds her Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts from Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty, BC. Jeanette is a sea­son­al dancer with Dancers of Dame­la­hamid, Raven Spir­it Dance, and Com­paig­ni V’ni Dan­si. Hon­or­ing her Cree Métis her­itage (orig­i­nal­ly from Saskatchewan) as a source of inspi­ra­tion and ref­er­ence point in her work, Jeanette is pas­sion­ate about inves­ti­gat­ing a blend of con­tem­po­rary and Indige­nous practices.

Lindsay Lachance


Lind­say Lachance, born an urban dis­placed mixed Cana­di­an and Algo­nquin Anish­naabek­we is a PhD can­di­date at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia and has a Mas­ters in The­atre The­o­ry and Dra­matur­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa. She is a ses­sion­al instruc­tor First Nations & Indige­nous Stud­ies at UBC. Lind­say is an active the­atre pro­fes­sion­al, review­er and schol­ar and has pre­sent­ed her research at six inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ences. Her areas of inter­est include per­for­mance as pol­i­tics, the phys­i­cal­iza­tion of spir­i­tu­al­i­ty in time and space, and the mul­ti­ple cre­ation process­es of Indige­nous dra­matur­gies. Lind­say is a mem­ber of Full Cir­cle First Nations Per­for­mance and Indige­nous Per­form­ing Arts Alliance.

Ashley Michaels

2106-ashley-michaels-headshotAsh­ley Michaels was born in Win­nipeg and is from the Métis Nation. She was in the the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions Lily Alta and Voic­es of the Fras­er.  She was select­ed out of many across Cana­da to appear in the NBC’S Four Direc­tions Show­case (The Baby Blues) in New York City.  She has worked on Da Vinci’s City Hall, Edna Brown, Else­where, Edi­son and Leo, rep­re­sent­ing one of the miss­ing women on the High­way of Tears in Snare, Tor­na­do Val­ley, Strange Empire and Sto­ries of the ER.  Ash­ley cur­rent­ly plays Aunt Vel­ma in Mohawk Girls. 

Deneh-Cho Thompson


Deneh-Cho Thomp­son is an emerg­ing direc­tor, actor and play­wright based in Van­cou­ver. In 2009 he co-found­ed work­ing­classthe­atre, an indie the­atre com­pa­ny ded­i­cat­ed to pro­duc­ing new works, pro­vid­ing train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and show­cas­ing the work of emerg­ing artists. Deneh is also Pro­duc­er at The Greater Van­cou­ver Pro­fes­sion­al The­atre Alliance, and Asso­ciate Pro­duc­er at Full Cir­cle First Nations Per­for­mance and the Talk­ing Stick Festival.